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Classic Clam Chowder

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Classic Clam Chowder is a comforting and hearty soup that features the briny goodness of clams combined with potatoes, vegetables, and creamy broth. This recipe provides a source of lean protein and essential nutrients, making it a satisfying and nourishing choice.

Ingredients

 

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cans (6.5 oz each) chopped clams, undrained
  • 1 cup clam juice (from the canned clams)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
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Instructions

 

  1. In a large pot, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until it becomes crispy.
  2. Add diced onion, celery, carrots, and minced garlic to the pot. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and bacon, stirring to coat everything evenly.
  4. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
  5. Add diced potatoes, chopped clams (with their juice), clam juice, milk, bay leaf, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  6. Bring the chowder to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  7. Stir in heavy cream and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
  9. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  10. Ladle the Classic Clam Chowder into bowls.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  12. Serve this comforting and flavorful clam chowder with crusty bread or oyster crackers.
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Enjoy a bowl of warmth and goodness with this classic clam chowder!

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